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New York Times, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Author: Alan Arbesfeld
Editor: Will Shortz
Alan Arbesfeld
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 116 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes: Quote puzzles are tough to make sizzle. You put all your eggs in one basket, dedicating every one of your precious theme entries to ... more
Jeff Chen notes:

Quote puzzles are tough to make sizzle. You put all your eggs in one basket, dedicating every one of your precious theme entries to the quote. It has to land well and generate a big laugh, or the puzzle falls flat. This one, playing on the phrase FIGHT / TOOTH AND NAIL, didn't do much for me, but perhaps people more into groany puns will be delighted.

What can help quote puzzles are 1.) addition of bonus entries that help keep a solver's attention, and 2.) clean short fill so that if it's not your cup of tea, at least it's a silky smooth solve.

I liked the additions of SIOUX CITY, JET STREAM, POLE VAULTER, and TICKET TAKER a lot — each one of these is a strong entry. PRAVDA, FLAMBE, and even NECTAR are fun, too. It can be hard to incorporate bonus fill in the across direction, since that often creates filling difficulties, so JET STREAM in particular was a joy to uncover.

Speaking of filling difficulties though ... I stopped keeping track of crossword glue after SEPT, AOUT, ISLA, RLS, EQUI, SPH (sphere?). I couldn't help but pick the tally back up at the end, though, finishing with TBA / BIERS (what a tough word!), ENERO / ERST in a single corner … no bueno. No. Bueno.

I wonder if the puzzle concept would have been better served by using different body part phrases? Perhaps TOOTH AND NAIL could be the punchline to this particular joke, HAND OVER FIST could be a manicurist mano a mano, FOOT IN MOUTH could involve a podiatrist kickboxing with an ENT, etc. That way if one didn't do it for you, maybe another one would?

Overall though, a couple of great long bonus entries did help elevate (get it? POLE VAULTER? (speaking of groany)) my solving experience.

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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0503 ( 24,648 )
Across Down
1. Virgo/Libra mo. : SEPT
5. Parisian parent : PERE
9. Give an epidural, e.g. : NUMB
13. Walk in wooden shoes, say : CLOMP
15. La Salle of "ER" : ERIQ
16. Cornell of Cornell University : EZRA
17. Wayne Gretzky, for about half of his playing career : OILER
18. Iowa birthplace of Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren : SIOUXCITY
20. Start of a punny quip about two professionals : WHENADENTIST
22. Word on a candy heart : LUV
23. Vintner's vessel : VAT
24. "Them" author Joyce Carol ___ : OATES
28. Quip, part 2 : ANDMANICURIST
33. Luxury hotel amenity : SAUNA
35. Month after juillet : AOUT
36. Stars and Bars org. : CSA
37. Vogue competitor : ELLE
38. Quip, part 3 : ARGUE
40. Bit of burlesque : SKIT
41. Shelter accommodation : COT
42. La Española, for one : ISLA
43. Olympic blades : EPEES
44. Quip, part 4 : THEYMUSTFIGHT
48. Comic Silverman : SARAH
49. Floater in a flume : LOG
50. TV sked letters : TBA
53. End of the quip : TOOTHANDNAIL
58. Tailwind for eastbound flights : JETSTREAM
61. Almost any "Li'l Abner" character : YOKEL
62. James with a posthumous Pulitzer : AGEE
63. Kosovo native : SERB
64. Month after diciembre : ENERO
65. Beethoven's German birthplace : BONN
66. "I've got this one" : ONME
67. Formerly, in old times : ERST
1. Look that says "I'm not happy" : SCOWL
2. Yale of Yale University : ELIHU
3. One with a high bar to reach : POLEVAULTER
4. Counterfeiter-catching Feds : TMEN
5. Euro forerunner in Spain : PESETA
6. Burnett of CNN : ERIN
7. "You're a regular ___!" (Kramden cry) : RIOT
8. Prefix with angular or lateral : EQUI
9. Drink with ambrosia : NECTAR
10. Six-Day War weapon : UZI
11. Mohawk sporter on "The A-Team" : MRT
12. Horse with a reddish-brown body : BAY
14. Russian newspaper founded in 1912 : PRAVDA
19. Crosses off : XSOUT
21. Hydroelectric project : DAM
25. Ballpark gate employee : TICKETTAKER
26. Davis of "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" : ESSIE
27. Ballpark figures? : STATS
29. U-turn from SSW : NNE
30. Bother persistently : NAGAT
31. Note in a kitty, perhaps : IOU
32. Stick that's chalked : CUE
33. Sunni and Shia, for two : SECTS
34. Pacific greeting : ALOHA
38. The Sun Devils' sch. : ASU
39. "Kidnapped" monogram : RLS
40. Three-dimensional fig. : SPH
42. Comment made while sweating : IMHOT
43. Pre-Easter purchase : EGGDYE
45. Chinese revolutionary Sun ___ : YATSEN
46. Served à la cherries jubilee : FLAMBE
47. Particle with a + or - : ION
51. Stands at funerals : BIERS
52. Parcel out : ALLOT
54. Words of approximation : ORSO
55. Many a first-time voter : TEEN
56. "First, do no ___" : HARM
57. Poor dog's portion, in rhyme : NONE
58. The "one" in a one-two : JAB
59. What a rejection may crush : EGO
60. Billiard ball with a blue stripe : TEN

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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